How will separate stock components be protected?

Presumably a tag may be used on any seasonable fish? Will there be any extra protection over more fragile stocks such as the spring component, or hen fish?

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This years restrictions of no fish kills before April 1st, or May 1st in the Esk District, would be inadequate protection for the main spring run. It would seem that under such a situation anglers and in river netsmen alike would be able to keep killing until they run out of tags, thereby having the most impact on the earlier fish. 

by Deesider on July 27, 2015 at 10:09PM

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  • Posted by marinescotland2 July 28, 2015 at 17:03

    Thank you for your comment. There was of course considerable commentary around the spring restrictions for the current season and whether the period identified was appropriate. What are the views around the potential extension of the existing spring conservation measures and what is the evidence to support a nationwide approach beyond the existing Regulations?.
  • Posted by Deesider July 28, 2015 at 19:36

    Thank you for the reply. The spring component has long been cited as the most fragile. Esk counter figures consistently show that the bulk of the run comes in May; often as much as the previous months combined. However, this had no protection, even with the extended Esk district restrictions, in 2015.

    Ian Gordon's petition to extend the no-kill period until July was justifiably well received. Personally I think 1st June is an adequate restriction but would prefer we erred on the side of caution.
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